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Monday, October 17, 2011

Digital Scrap Booking Blog Hop

If you have traveled from Lisa's Blog, then you are on the right digital highway. If you got lost and found yourself on my doorstep by mistake, you can head to the beginning of the digital highway here: Jearise's Blog

Do you do digital layouts? Do you want to learn? For this blog hop I have a visual step by step tutorial for you to start today making your digital layouts =D I will be using Photoshop Elements so this is for those using Photoshop and if you are using the freebie software GIMP this tutorial will work for that as well. Also there is another tutorial at the end of this hop given by Amy at so be sure to check out another way to do digital scrapbooking with that software. This is a blog hop to see what other people are up to in this new and creative way to preserve memories. Some of these ladies are old pros while others are new to it all but we are all crafty so there should be some great layouts to enjoy and maybe a trick or two to learn.
Our sponsor for this hop is My Memories Suite (  ). Check out their site to see beautiful layouts and just how easy it is to start digital scrap booking. BLOG CANDY: Grand Prize: A free copy of the latest digital scrap booking software from “MyMemories Suite.”Runner Up: $10 gift certificate to My Memories Suite to help indulge your new found hobby.

Go to the My Memories Suite site and find a digital layout you like.
Return to Lorby's World and post your favorite digital layout in the comment box for this hop.
Jearise from Lory's World will pick a winner after midnight on October 18th.

As a special to all those that hop along and leave a comment at all blogs on this hop, My Memories Suite is giving you your vary own “Share the Memories” code that provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the MyMemories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store - $20 value! Your special code is: STMMMS74249

Jearise -   
Dena :   
Christel - 
Shannon -
Staci McD-
Susan -
Barbara B-

Amy -

ok everyone...I was going to walk you through part 1 of digital scrapbooking =D If you want to go along with me I am going to use this free Digital Disney paper kit that you can download right here: ...I have photoshop elements and will walk you through that program.

opening the digital file: Once you have downloaded your zip file and have extracted it to a designated your photoshop elements and select NEW--->BLANK FILE then a window will pop up to give your layout a file name...and to enter size so go ahead and put width as 12 inches and height 12 inches...make sure your resolution field has (300) pixels...RGB Color and background white...

On the left side of your screen in Photoshop you’ll see a set of icons. Each of these represents a tool available to you in PSE. This section is referred to as the Tools Palette. On the right side of the screen is the Layers Palette. At the top of the screen is your main menu (File, Edit, etc.) and just below it is the Options Toolbar.


now with our blank canvas go to OPEN and go to your designated folder with the kit...I am using the yellow paper as the first file I 
am opening for the background on my layout. Go ahead and also choose the other papers from the kit. 

You will notice at the bottom of your screen is the "photo bin" and there is all the opened papers there.

So now with my blank white "New Untitled Document" I am going to take my mouse and click on the yellow paper in my photo bin and drag it right onto the white untiled document.

So now I have this on my Untiled page...go ahead and "Save As" and create a file name for your new digital layout.

I just opened a photo of my boys with Mickey that I will be using along with the "png"file of Little Scraps of Heavens bear with Mickey hat

Now I want to add some of the pattern papers onto my layout and cut them into strips to lay across the layout.  I am going to use the grunge black paper first as my mat for the border strips. So go to your photo bin and click on this black paper.

Go to your "crop tool" shown on the left side where the "tools palette" is  
and cut a section out of this paper.

Click back on our yellow background layout we are working on and down in my "photo bin" it shows the strip of the paper I just cropped...I took my mouse and clicked on it in the bin and dragged it onto my 12x12 yellow background...

sometimes you may not see what you just dragged onto your may be hidden behind the yellow paper so if you look to your right in the "layers palette" you will see that you did put it there and it is a layer. Click on that strip in the layers will show in your 12x12 background a dashed outline of where its hiding =D This dashed line indicating where the edges of the photo are. This is called the bounding box.

Right click your mouse and a little window pops up choose the "bring to front" and there it is =D 

Now let's go to the striped red and black pattern paper and we are going to cut a 12" strip of it...using your crop tool...lets cut it out like this

I then used my mouse to rotate my strip so that it lays across the middle of my paper...

I went ahead and cropped some more 12 inch strips of the other papers in this free kit and rotated them and now it looks like this =D

If everyone is still with me..I will go ahead and put a frame, my picture, the piecing and some elements to dress up the page =D

Ok so now I had open my picture of my boys I wanted to use in my "photo bin" and I just used my mouse to drag it onto my 12x12 background that i am working on in photoshop elements. Again I had to look to the right in my "layers palette" to see that my picture I dragged was there because it was hiding on my I clicked on the picture in the layers palette and it showed a dotted outline of where its hiding...I right click my mouse and "bring to front" =D 

I then added the journaling tag in this kit and the frame over my picture sizing it to fit. The "lets remember the magic" was also free in this kit and I just dragged it on my journaling tag and sized it to fit. I found some cute elements in another free kit that you can download here:

The paper piecing is the "finished piecing png" file that comes as a file along with the cutting files purchased in this set. The set is from Little Scrap of Heaven "Clubhouse Gang Collection" and you can find it HERE

Where to Print

Now that you have finished your digital layout  a good website to print your finished 12x12 digital layouts with excellent quality and 5.00 flat rate shipping and a cost of 1.99 per 12x12 take a look here:

Also take a look at their siteHERE now prints 12x12 scrapbook layouts and it is 2.99 per page =D some Costco stores do this too so check with on near you.

NOTE: Prior to printing your page, you’ll want to save a flattened version. Go to Layer-> Flatten Image. Flattening the image combines all your layers into one.  


  1. Love your layout! thanks for the Disney paper!
    Awesome job on tutorial even thought I don't have photo shop. :0)


  2. Love the layout - so cute. Thank you for the tutorial - its amazing how different the packages are. Thanks for sharing and good to be in the hop with you

  3. The layout is cute! Thanks for the tutorial. It has been great being in the hop with you. I am a follower now! :)))))

    Barbara B

  4. Great layout --love the Mickey/Disney :) your work is amazing

  5. wonderful layout Love thew picture of the boys. Thanks for the tutorial It was really helpful.
    Big Blog Hugs! Janet

  6. I love your Mickey LO! So cute!

  7. Wow Janet. What a nice tutorial. I'm glad you shared it again. I want to try it but it'll have to wait until I'm done unpacking this week. I didn't know Costco did digital pages so that's really cool for me. : ) Thanks for being apart of this hop. Hugs,

  8. What a great tutorial! Thanks so much for doing it. The layout is too cute!

    Dena Jones

  9. Great tutorial and fabulous layout! So glad to be on this hop with you.

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B

  10. Your layout is too fun! I love how your combined the different pieces to formulate a wonderful layout. TFS your talent.